Kris Kobach, the Republican candidate for Governor of Kansas, was asked about the new criminal proceedings surrounding Donald Trump, and offered up some choice quotes:
“The Cohen issue is at this point nothing more than a plea bargain,” Kobach said, adding that it’s too early to draw conclusions.
Uh, it was a plea of Guilty. Too early to draw conclusions? There is no later development after pleading guilty. That’s it. And, within the guilty plea, Michael Cohen, specifically stated that the crimes he committed were done per the instructions of Donald Trump.
Kobach also suggested the prosecution of Manafort by Special Counsel Robert Mueller showed that Mueller had gone beyond his original purpose.
“The Manafort conviction has nothing to do with Russian collusion and illustrates how the special counsel has gotten off track from the original purpose of the investigation,” Kobach said.
Oh, so crimes like Fraud and Tax Evasion don’t matter? What sense does that make? A crime is a crime. Well, it makes sense if you are Kris Kobach, apparently, because Kris Kobach doesn’t seem to have ever been too concerned about things like laws. All he has ever cared about is power.
Consider for a moment Kris Kobach’s history as the Secretary of State of Kansas. He tried to institute policies that guess what, were against the law:
The judge said Kobach failed to show there had been a “substantial number” of people who managed to register to vote in Kansas without being U.S. citizens.
Starting in 2013, people who wanted to vote in Kansas needed to produce documents proving their U.S. citizenship, such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, naturalization papers, a passport.
Robinson said that law violated the National Voter Registration Act and the 14th Amendment, in a 118-page ruling that decided two consolidated cases.
That policy was never about the law anyway. Like other similar Republican efforts, it was about suppressing the vote of people who might vote for Democrats. Power was the driving force. And Kris Kobach was not concerned with legalities in the slightest. Consider his actions during the trial about his policies, when he repeatedly failed to comply with court orders:
In the ruling handed down on Wednesday, US District Judge Julie Robinson stated that the court found “clear and convincing evidence” that Kobach disobeyed court orders “when he failed to ensure that voter registration applications covered by the preliminary injunction order became fully registered.”
Is this the kind of Governor the people of Kansas want? Someone who finds no problem with breaking laws and defying courts if it helps him consolidate power? Is this the kind of Governor who will represent all of Kansas? Or only those who voted for him? It hasn’t been long since Kansas was nearly bankrupted by another power-hungry right wing acolyte, Sam Brownback. Kris Kobach would be Sam Brownback on steroids.